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Blackened is the end, but in the case of California’s Sahhr, that doesn’t mean a narrow artistic vision in getting there. Their debut self-titled EP deftly blends an unlikely mix of influences; each track begins in a completely different place than where it ultimately ends. “Miscreants” begins with a blast of frostbitten black metal fury, but before long has shifted gears into Testament-worship thrash and -shockingly – groove passages that wouldn’t be out of place on a Lamb of God record. What’s really exciting here is that despite the eclectic nature of their sound, it’s not disorganized, either. Groove and grimness come together in a very cohesive way here. “Blackened” can allow for far more experimentation and exploration of influences than committing fully to the corpse-painted antics of full-on black metal, and Sahhr are throwing an exciting combination of sounds at the wall. Luckily, all of it sticks, and we’re eager to hear where this band takes their sonic assault in the future.

Stream “Miscreant” below, and pick up Sahhr on Halloween, courtesy of Domestic Genocide Records!